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PCMark and 3DMark Tests

Futuremark is a familiar name in the computer hardware industry, thanks to its popular PCMark and 3DMark benchmarking suites. We put Digital Storm's VIRTUE through these tests and compared the scores to results from similar systems we’ve recently reviewed.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark whole-system benchmarking suite. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment and uses newer metrics to gauge relative performance, versus the older PCMark Vantage.

Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated in the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment, Creativity, and Productivity suites, the four modules we have benchmark scores for you here.

The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system

-Windows Defender
-Importing pictures

Video Playback and transcoding
-DirectX 9

Image manipulation
Web browsing and decrypting

The Entertainment test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in entertainment scenarios using mostly application workloads. Individual tests include recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and several gaming related workloads. If the target system is not capable of running DirectX 10 workloads then those tests are skipped. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given an Entertainment test score.

The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual tests include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Creativity test score.

The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Productivity test score.

In the first test out of the gate, the Digital Storm VIRTUE beats out the field, which includes the obscenely tricked-out Maingear SHIFT SS X79, which rocked three Radeon HD 7970s. The Intel Core i7-4770K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, fast RAM and Corsair SSD appear to be a potent combination.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance

3DMark11 is specifically targeted at Windows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x720 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

In PCMark 7, the VIRTUE stepped out as a big performer, but 3DMark 11 seems to favor AMD Radeons. Here, the VIRTUE posted a comparatively middling score.

The VIRTUE had the best Physics score in 3DMark Firestrike, thanks to its factory-overclocked CPU / GTX 780 combo, and aside from that the scores fall along graphics card lines. The CyberPowerPC’s single-card dual-GPU was strongest, followed by the AVADirect system and its GTX Titan, and then the VIRTUE and its GTX 780.

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